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Professor John Webster of Bristol University signing our Vision

Our large group of academics from fields as varied as environment, philosophy and literature add weight and credibility to our list of Vision signatories:

Dr Jane Goodall

Dr Jane Goodall

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UN Messenger of Peace, Dr Jane Goodall is world renowned for her pioneering study of the social interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe, Tanzania, and has raised global awareness of animal sentience.

James Hansen

James Hansen

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James Hansen is a distinguished climatologist and one of the first to alert the world to the dangers of anthropogenic (human-induced) climate change.

Professor Martin Rees

Professor Martin Rees

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Professor Martin Rees is a renowned cosmologist and astrophysicist.

Professor Donald Broom

Professor Donald Broom

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Donald Broom is Emeritus Professor of Animal Welfare at Cambridge University.

Professor John Webster

Professor John Webster

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John Webster is Emeritus Professor of Animal Husbandry at the University of Bristol, UK.

Professor Peter Singer AC

Professor Peter Singer AC

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Peter Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Carl Safina

Professor Carl Safina

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Carl is the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and runs the not-for-profit Safina Center.

Professor Raj Patel

Professor Raj Patel

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Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, activist and academic. He is a Research Professor at the University of Texas and a Senior Research Associate at the Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa.

Professor Bernie Rollin

Professor Bernie Rollin

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Bernard Rollin is Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, and Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and a University Distinguished Professor.

Lester Brown

Lester Brown

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Lester R. Brown, described as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” by The Washington Post, is Founder and President of Earth Policy Institute, a non-profit environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C.

Professor Robert Lawrence

Professor Robert Lawrence

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Dr Robert Lawrence is Professor and founder of the Center for a Livable Future at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. 

Professor Marion Nestle

Professor Marion Nestle

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Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. Her research examines scientific and societal influences on food choice, obesity, and food safety.

Professor Richard Templer

Professor Richard Templer

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Richard Templer is the August von Hofmann Chair of Chemistry and the Director of Innovation for the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London.

Professor M S Swaminathan

Professor M S Swaminathan

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Known as “The Father of the Green Revolution in India”, Professor Swaminathan has been a leader in agricultural research, both in India and globally.

Professor Martin Kemp

Professor Martin Kemp

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Martin Kemp was trained in Natural Sciences and Art History at Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute, London.

Professor Mohan Munasinghe

Professor Mohan Munasinghe

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Professor Munasinghe shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize (as Vice Chair, IPCC-AR4).

Professor Carole Hillenbrand OBE

Professor Carole Hillenbrand OBE

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Carole is Professor Emerita of Islamic History at the University of Edinburgh and an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford.

Dr Ismail Serageldin

Dr Ismail Serageldin

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Dr Serageldin, an Egyptian National, is Director of the Library of Alexandria and also chairs its affiliated research institutes and museums.

Professor Julian Kinderlerer

Professor Julian Kinderlerer

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Julian Kinderlerer is Emeritus Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Cape Town University and was Professor of Biotechnology and Society at Delft Technology University.

Professor Marita Giménez-Candela

Professor Marita Giménez-Candela

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Marita is an expert on Roman Law, Latin Philology, Epigraphy and Papyrology.

Professor Brian Swimme

Professor Brian Swimme

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Brian is an evolutionary philosopher and Director of the Center for the Story of the Universe and a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Professor Joy Carter

Professor Joy Carter

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Joy is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester.

Professor Tim Lang

Professor Tim Lang

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Tim Lang has been Professor of Food Policy at City University's Centre for Food Policy since 2002.

Professor Marian Dawkins

Professor Marian Dawkins

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Marian is the widely respected Professor of Animal Behaviour at the University of Oxford, Department of Zoology and has a long-standing research interest in the welfare of farm animals, particularly poultry.

Professor Marc Bekoff

Professor Marc Bekoff

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Marc is a former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado.

Professor Mario Tozzi

Professor Mario Tozzi

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Professor Tozzi is leads Research at the Italian National Research Council.

Professor Christine Nicol

Professor Christine Nicol

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Christine is Professor of Animal Welfare at the School of Veterinary Science, University of Bristol.

Professor Clive Phillips

Professor Clive Phillips

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Clive Phillips studied at Reading and Glasgow Universities. He lectured in farm animal production and medicine at the Universities of Cambridge and Wales.

Dr Cai Chunhong

Dr Cai Chunhong

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Dr Cai Chunhong is a researcher in the economics department of the Chinese Academy of Governance and is a distinguished researcher of the Law Institute at China's North-West University of Politics and Law.

Professor Dave Goulson

Professor Dave Goulson

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Dave Goulson is Professor of Biology (Evolution, Behaviour, and Environment) at the University of Sussex.

Professor Jaideep Prabhu

Professor Jaideep Prabhu

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Jaideep Prabhu is Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business and Enterprise and Director of the Centre for India and Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Professor John Vandermeer

Professor John Vandermeer

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John Vandermeer is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan.

Professor Mark Post

Professor Mark Post

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Professor Post is a medical doctor who has been a professor at the universities of Utrecht, Harvard, Dartmouth College, Eindhoven and Maastricht.

Professor Ian Duncan

Professor Ian Duncan

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Ian Duncan is Professor Emeritus and Emeritus Chair of Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Dr Mary Evelyn Tucker

Dr Mary Evelyn Tucker

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Mary Evelyn is a Senior Lecturer at Yale University and an expert on Asian religions.

Professor Liz Stuart

Professor Liz Stuart

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Liz Stuart is First Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester.

Professor David Birks

Professor David Birks

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David is Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Sport at the University of Winchester & Director of the Winchester Business School, one of the first UK signatories to the UN led Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME).

Professor Mark Eisler

Professor Mark Eisler

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Mark Eisler is Chair in Global Farm Animal Health at the University of Bristol and has over twenty-five years' experience working in veterinary medicine in the UK and international contexts.

Professor Neil Messer

Professor Neil Messer

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Neil is Professor of Theology and Head of Theology, Religion and Philosophy at the University of Winchester.

Professor Kurt Remele

Professor Kurt Remele

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Kurt is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Christian Social Thought at the University of Graz in Austria.

Professor Christine Parker

Professor Christine Parker

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Christine is a leading teacher and researcher of lawyers' ethics and business regulation and corporate social responsibility at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Ed Pajor

Professor Ed Pajor

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Dr Ed Pajor is a Professor of Animal Welfare at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

Professor David Mellor ONZM

Professor David Mellor ONZM

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David is Co-Director of the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre at Massey University in New Zealand, the foundational centre in the five-partner OIE Collaborating Centre for Animal Welfare Science and Bioethical Analysis.

Professor Claus Leitzmann

Professor Claus Leitzmann

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Claus Leitzmann has a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota and did research at the University of California, (with Nobel laureate Paul Boyer) and later at the Malnutrition and Anemia Center in Thailand.

Professor Mohamed Behnassi

Professor Mohamed Behnassi

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Dr Mohamed Behnassi is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences at the Ibn Zohr University of Agadir, Morocco.

Professor Michael Carolan

Professor Michael Carolan

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Dr Michael Carolan is a Professor at Colorado State University, USA, and Chair of its Department of Sociology.

Professor Michael Cockram

Professor Michael Cockram

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Michael Cockram is a veterinarian working in academia.

Professor Alistair Lawrence

Professor Alistair Lawrence

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Alistair Lawrence currently heads the Animal and Veterinary Science Group and the Animal Welfare Team at the Scottish Agriculture College.

Professor Tim Jackson

Professor Tim Jackson

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Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG).

Professor Ben Mepham

Professor Ben Mepham

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Ben is honorary professor in bioethics at Nottingham and Lincoln Universities.

Professor Anil Gupta

Professor Anil Gupta

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Anil K Gupta is a member of India’s National Innovation Council and founder of the Honey Bee Network, which has mobilised 160,000 ideas, innovations and traditional knowledge practices from common people across India.

Dr Kate Rawles

Dr Kate Rawles

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Kate Rawles is a senior lecturer at the University of Cumbria and a writer, campaigner and outdoor philosopher.

Professor Carola Strassner

Professor Carola Strassner

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Carola is Professor of Sustainable Food Systems / Nutrition Ecology at the University of Applied Science in Muenster, Germany.

Dr Culum Brown

Dr Culum Brown

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Culum Brown did his PhD at the University of Queensland and post-docs at Cambridge, Edinburgh and the Smithsonian (Panama).

Dr Deborah Jones

Dr Deborah Jones

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Deborah M Jones has a doctorate in animal theology and is a Fellow of The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

Dr George Charitakis

Dr George Charitakis

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Dr George Charitakis is a cardiologist and homoeopathic doctor and teaches at the University of the Aegean.

Dr David Nally

Dr David Nally

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David Nally is a University Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Fred Steward

Professor Fred Steward

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Fred Steward is Professor of Innovation and Sustainability at the Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster, and is a specialist on transformative innovation, sociotechnical networks, and sustainability transitions.

Dr Eleanor Boyle

Dr Eleanor Boyle

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Eleanor Boyle is a Canadian educator and writer, interested in making food systems and meal choices more sustainable and compassionate.

Dr Lakshmi Iyer

Dr Lakshmi Iyer

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Dr Lakshmi Iyer is a veterinarian by training with a postgraduate degree in Veterinary Medicine and is a well-known advocate for animal welfare in India.

Dr Karl Gerth

Dr Karl Gerth

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Dr Karl Gerth teaches modern Chinese history at Oxford University and is the Dame Jessica Rawson fellow and tutor at Merton College.

Dr Liu Lang

Dr Liu Lang

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Liu Lang is the chairman of Beijing Small Animal Veterinary Association.

Dr Hope Ferdowsian

Dr Hope Ferdowsian

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Hope Ferdowsian, MD, MPH, is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine. She has lectured in academic centres and public spaces in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, and she has appeared on local, national, and international radio and television programs.

Professor Mang Ping

Professor Mang Ping

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Mang Ping is a Professor at the Academy of Chinese Culture.

Professor Paul Krause

Professor Paul Krause

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Paul Krause is Professor of Software Engineering in the Department of Computing, University of Surrey.

Professor Peng Guo

Professor Peng Guo

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Guo Peng is associate professor of philosophy in Shandong University.

Professor Sun Jiang

Professor Sun Jiang

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Prof. Sun Jiang is Director of the Animal Protection Law Research Centre at the N/W University of Politics and Law.

Professor Zhao Axing

Professor Zhao Axing

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Professor Zhao Axing is a senior specialist on international risk prevention and management, specialising in disaster management.

Dr Alexandros Frantzis

Dr Alexandros Frantzis

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Dr Alexandros Frantzis is the founder and scientific director of the Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute, a Greek scientific NGO dedicated to the research and conservation of cetaceans in Greece and the Mediterranean.

Arnja Dale

Arnja Dale

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Arnja is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Welfare and the Animal Welfare Investigations Curriculum Leader at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand.

Professor Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad

Professor Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad

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Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad is Professor of Comparative Religion and Philosophy at Lancaster University.

Professor Júlia Formosinho

Professor Júlia Formosinho

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Júlia Formosinho is Professor of Early Childhood at the Catholic University of Portugal.

Dr Nanditha Krishna

Dr Nanditha Krishna

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Award-winning historian, environmentalist and writer, Nanditha Krishna is a Professor at the University of Madras.

Professor Thandi Puoane

Professor Thandi Puoane

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Professor Puoane leads the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape.

Professor João Formosinho

Professor João Formosinho

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João Formosinho is President of the Childhood Association, promoting inter-cultural education in deprived city areas.

Jeffrey Masson

Jeffrey Masson

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Jeffrey Masson is a writer of some 27 books, many of them about animal emotions, including When Elephants Weep and The Pig Who Sang to the Moon.

Professor Paul Cliteur

Professor Paul Cliteur

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Paul Cliteur is Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Leiden and previously Professor of Philosophy, University of Delft.

Professor Paulo Borges

Professor Paulo Borges

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Paulo is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lisbon.

Dr Roberto de Vogli

Dr Roberto de Vogli

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Roberto is Associate Professor in Social Determinants of Global Health, University of California Davis.

Professor Steve Garlick

Professor Steve Garlick

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Steve is a professor at two Australian universities and a thought leader in spatial economics.

Dr Jonathan Balcombe

Dr Jonathan Balcombe

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Jonathan Balcombe has a PhD in ethology from the University of Tennessee. He has published over 50 scientific papers on animal behaviour and animal protection. 

Dr Mark Simmonds OBE

Dr Mark Simmonds OBE

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Mark is a marine biologist/environmental scientist focused on the factors impacting marine mammals, such as chemical and noise pollution and the threat posed by climate change.

Dr Brian Hare

Dr Brian Hare

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Dr. Brian Hare is associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, part of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.

Dr Vladimir Dinets

Dr Vladimir Dinets

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Vladimir is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee, where he is studying play and social behaviour and the evolution of complex behaviour in animals, with a focus on crocodilians.

Dr Charles Patterson

Dr Charles Patterson

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Charles Patterson gained his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is a teacher, historian, therapist, editor, and award-winning author of ten books.

Professor Graeme Martin

Professor Graeme Martin

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Graeme is an agricultural scientist with a PhD from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and has worked in Scotland and France.

Dr Weihua Chu

Dr Weihua Chu

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Dr Weihua Chu is an associate Professor in China Pharmaceutical University.

Ros Draper

Ros Draper

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Ros Draper was Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic and the Institute of Family Therapy in London.

Professor Dr Birgitta Wahlberg

Professor Dr Birgitta Wahlberg

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Dr Wahlberg teaches in the Department of Law at Abo Akademi University in Finland.

Dr John Powles

Dr John Powles

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John is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge.

Dr Sotirios Prapas

Dr Sotirios Prapas

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Sotirios Prapas MD, Ph.D., FECTS, is a cardiothoracic surgeon, founder and Director of the cardiothoracic unit at Henry Dunant Hospital in Athens.

Dr Richard H Schwartz

Dr Richard H Schwartz

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Richard is Professor Emeritus, Mathematics, College of Staten Island and the author of Judaism and Vegetarianism and Mathematics and Global Survival, and over 200 articles and 25 podcasts at JewishVeg.com/schwartz.

Dr Richard D Ryder

Dr Richard D Ryder

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Richard invented the term speciesism in 1970 and later the ethical theory of painism.

Dr Andrew Rowan

Dr Andrew Rowan

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Andrew Rowan was born in Zimbabwe, spent a few (young) years on Tristan da Cunha and was educated in Cape Town (school and university) and Oxford (DPhil in Biochemistry).

Dr Abdul Rahman

Dr Abdul Rahman

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Dr S. Abdul Rahman is a retired Professor of Veterinary Parasitology and Dean of Bangalore Veterinary College.

Professor Bina Agarwal

Professor Bina Agarwal

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Bina Agarwal is Professor of Development Economics and Environment at Manchester University and was previously Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.

Professor Jan Willem Erisman

Professor Jan Willem Erisman

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Jan Willem Erisman is CEO of the Louis Bolk Institute, which researches sustainable agriculture, nutrition and health.

Dr Alex Richardson

Dr Alex Richardson

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Dr Richardson is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and the founder of Food and Behaviour Research (FAB).

Antoine Goetschel J.D.

Antoine Goetschel J.D.

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Having become a Doctor of Law (J.D.) from the University of Zurich, with a thesis on animal welfare and rights, Antoine now lectures in the University's Law Department.

Professor Nagla Elalfy (Dr)

Professor Nagla Elalfy (Dr)

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Professor Dr. Elalfy is Head of the Department of Biological and Geological sciences in the faculty of education, at Ain Shams University in Cairo.

Professor Andrew Knight

Professor Andrew Knight

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Andrew Knight is a Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics, and Director of the Centre for Animal Welfare at the University of Winchester

Professor Mark Berkson

Professor Mark Berkson

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Mark is Professor and Chair in the Department of Religion at Hamline University. He specialises in the religions of East and South Asia, Islam, and comparative religion. 

Professor John L. Esposito

Professor John L. Esposito

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John Esposito is Professor of Religion, International Affairs & Islamic Studies

Reverend Professor Martin Henig

Reverend Professor Martin Henig

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Recently ordained in the Anglican church and an expert in Roman Art and Religion, Martin has had a lifelong passion for animals and is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

Dr Steven Hopp

Dr Steven Hopp

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Steven Hopp has a background in the Life Sciences and has published papers on animal behaviour, bioacoustics, ornithology and sustainable agriculture. 

Professor Garry Marvin

Professor Garry Marvin

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Garry Marvin is a social anthropologist and Professor of Human-Animal Studies at the University of Roehampton in London.

Dr. Alan McElligott

Dr. Alan McElligott

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Alan McElligott is a Reader in Animal Behaviour at the University of Roehampton.

Professor Barry Popkin

Professor Barry Popkin

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Barry is the W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr Alain Boissy

Dr Alain Boissy

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Alain Boissy is a senior scientist at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, INRA.

Professor David Clough

Professor David Clough

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David is Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chester, and the President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics.

Professor Robert Picciotto

Professor Robert Picciotto

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Robert, who graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School (Princeton) is Visiting Professor, King’s College London and formerly Director-General of the Independent Evaluation Group in the World Bank Group.

Professor Betsy Gaines Quammen

Professor Betsy Gaines Quammen

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Betsy is the founder and president of the Tributary Fund, which protects wildlife and their habitats in Mongolia, Bhutan and the American West, working with local people and their faiths.

Professor Michelle Holdsworth

Professor Michelle Holdsworth

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Michelle is a Professor of Public Health Nutrition at ScHARR (School of Health and Related Research) at the University of Sheffield.

Professor Bo Algers

Professor Bo Algers

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Bo held the post of Professor in animal hygiene and applied ethology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, where his research focused on the effects of housing, animal transport and slaughter on farm animal health, behaviour and welfare.

Professor Toby Knowles

Professor Toby Knowles

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Toby is Professor of Farming and Food Science at the School of Veterinary Science, University of Bristol. His work has focused on the welfare of farm animals, and on food safety.

Professor Jonathan Lynch

Professor Jonathan Lynch

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Jonathan Lynch is a Professor of Plant Nutrition at Penn State University and a Chair in Root Biology at the University of Nottingham, as well as Director of the USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate Resilient Beans.

Dr. Maitree Suttajit

Dr. Maitree Suttajit

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Dr Suttajit supervises research into the scientific benefits of plant-based diets and cancer prevention, and has published over 100 papers and books.

Professor Molly Anderson

Professor Molly Anderson

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Molly Anderson is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) and was a Coordinating Lead Author on the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science & Technology for Development (IAASTD).

Professor Andrzej Elzanowski

Professor Andrzej Elzanowski

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Andrzej Elzanowski, professor at the University of Warsaw, has been instrumental in shaping Poland’s animal welfare legislation and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Polish Ethics Society.

Dr.  Carrie P. Freeman

Dr. Carrie P. Freeman

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Dr. Freeman is Associate Professor of Communication at Georgia State University and publishes on media ethics, environmental communication and critical animal studies.

Professor Randy Malamud

Professor Randy Malamud

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Randy Malamud is Regents’ Professor of English at Georgia State University, patron of the Captive Animals’ Protection Society and the author of 9 books, including Reading Zoos: Representations of Animals and Captivity.

Dr James Serpell

Dr James Serpell

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James Serpell holds the Marie A. Moore endowed Chair of Animal Ethics & Welfare at the University of Pennsylvania, and teaches veterinary ethics and animal welfare.

Professor Claire Kremen

Professor Claire Kremen

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Claire Kremen is Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr Julia Wright

Dr Julia Wright

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Julia is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University.

Professor Zakes Mda

Professor Zakes Mda

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Zakes Mda is a South African writer, painter and composer and is a Professor in the English Department at the University of Ohio.

Dr. Joey Tuminello

Dr. Joey Tuminello

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Joey Tuminello is a philosophy instructor at Oregon State University, a program coordinator for the non-profit group Farm Forward, and an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

Dr George Lueddeke

Dr George Lueddeke

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George Lueddeke BA MEd PhD is an educational advisor in higher and medical education and chairs the International One Health Education Task Force for the One Health Commission and the One Health Initiative.

Dr Marco Springmann

Dr Marco Springmann

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Dr Marco Springmann is a senior researcher on environmental sustainability and public health in the Nuffield Department of Population Health and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food at the University of Oxford.

Kevin McConway

Kevin McConway

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Kevin McConway is Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics at the Open University. His research focused on plant ecology and evolution and in statistics in the media.

Professor Stephen Ellingson

Professor Stephen Ellingson

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Steve Ellingson is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Hamilton College, having previously taught at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the University of Chicago, his alma mater.

Dr Rupert Read

Dr Rupert Read

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Rupert Read is a Reader of philosophy at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. He specialises in Wittgenstein, philosophy of film, ecological and political philosophy.

Dr David Grumett

Dr David Grumett

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David is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh. He researches and publishes on the ethics of farm animal welfare and advises the UK Government on this.

Professor Ibrahim Özdemir

Professor Ibrahim Özdemir

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Ibrahim Özdemir is a professor of philosophy and the Founding President of Hasan Kalyoncu University in Turkey. He is Professor of Islamic Philosophy at Abo Akademi University, Finland.  

Md. Abu Sayem

Md. Abu Sayem

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Abu Sayem is an Assistant Professor in World Religions and Culture at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. As an eco-religious scholar, he works and publishes on ecological sustainability and environmental ethics especially from Islamic perspective.

Professor John R. McNeill

Professor John R. McNeill

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John McNeill is University Professor and Professor of Environmental History at Georgetown University.